Zicam Recall-Not

In response to the FDA warning letter concerning Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel and Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs, the company has stubbornly refused to recall the products in spite of the fact that the products have been associated with anosmia-a loss of the sense of smell. In those who’ve been injured by Zicam products, the loss of smell may be permanent. The company, Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. has already faced hundreds of lawsuits with many more anticipated after Zicam was suspended yesterday.
In a company press release issued hours after the FDA warning letter, company officials complained that the FDA issued the public health advisory before contacting the company. Isn’t that the purpose of the FDA? Isn’t it the mission of the FDA to protect consumers not shield a healthcare company from lawsuits?
Even at this early stage, it appears that the manufacturers of Zicam were well aware of the potential dangers of their product. Yet, they continue to market it as a healthy, homeopathic remedy to lessen the severity and duration of the common cold. Zicam was a best selling product for Matrixx and its suspension is sure to cause financial woes.
Yet, the important issue here is consumer safety not a company’s bottom line. The new, aggressive approach of the FDA in suspending sales of Zicam is laudable and a move in the right direction.